Hartal extended again for 48 hours
24 February 2015, Nirapad News: BNP-led 20-party alliance has extended its ongoing 72-hour Hartal by 48 more hours.
Salahuddin Ahmed, joint secretary general of BNP on Tuesday in a press release announced that the countrywide general strike would now continue until 6 am on Friday.
The alliance is observing the strike protesting what it said killings, mass arrests and torture on party activists.
Salahuddin, remaining in hideouts, on behalf of party Chairperson Khaleda Zia, called upon the party leaders and activists to enforce the Hartal peacefully.
The hartal is going on alongside the BNP alliance’s nonstop countrywide transport blockade.
Earlier, the opposition alliance on Friday called a fresh 72-hour nationwide Hartal from 6 am on Sunday protesting what it said government’s repressive acts and growing incidents of extra-judicial killings’.
The hartal is also meant for registering the 20-party’s protest against mass arrest of opposition men and common people, interference in the judiciary, control over the media and torture on journalists and the plot to kill Khaleda Zia by stopping food supply to her office – where she has been staying – since February 15.
Since February 1 the country has witnessed nationwide strikes along with blockade except for Friday and Saturday.